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Gantz threatens to oppose lockdown extension if bill to hike fines isn’t passed

In response to reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a deal with the ultra-Orthodox parties to sabotage the existing bill to double lockdown fines and replace it with a toned-down version, Defense Minister Benny Gantz says he will not stand for that.

In a statement, Gantz’s Blue and White party tells Netanyahu’s Likud that if the existing bill does not pass all three readings and become law by tomorrow evening, his party will not support the extension of lockdown rules, currently set to expire on January 31.

“Likud continues to manipulate, and we are all paying the price with human lives. If there isn’t equal enforcement, there will be no lockdown. If Bnei Brak and Beitar Illit aren’t closed down, Rishon Lezion and Herzliya won’t either,” Blue and White sources are quoted as saying.

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